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Third match ends in draw; India A clinch series 2-0

Shahbaz Nadeem picks up his 3rd five-wicket haul in 2 games; Shubman Gill scores an unbeaten double century

West Indies A avoided a 3-0 whitewash in the four-day format against India A with the third and final match ending in a draw. Chasing a mighty 373-run target, West Indies finished at 314/6 when stumps were drawn on the final day with Jeremy Solozano and Brandon King hitting gritty half-centuries.

The day started with hosts at 37-0, lost their first wicket when Shahbaz Nadeem had Montcin Hodge (25) caught by captain Hanuma Vihari. After getting the first wicket with 68 on the board, Indian bowlers had to toil hard as King’s resistance meant 99 runs were added before the second wicket fell. Once again it was Nadeem, who got the breakthrough by breaking through the defence of King.

With the third wicket pair adding 60 runs in 21.1 overs, it looked largely certain that match would end in a draw. Nadeem was once again outstanding and he picked his fifth wicket of Sunil Ambris (69).

The Jharkhand left-arm spinner played two of the three games in the series and picked up three five-wicket hauls.

Earlier, Day 3 belonged to India’s batsmen as Shubman Gill became youngest Indian to score a first-class double century away from home. Vihari too joined the party and got a century as the two put on a big stand.

Having started the day on his overnight score of 2 runs, Gill was striking the ball beautifully and brought up his century in the first session.

Gill and Vihari resurrected the Indian innings and the duo produced an unbeaten 315-run stand for the fifth wicket. India A declared on 365 for 4 soon after Gill scored his double ton.

It was a fine comeback by the talented youngster who was out for a duck in the first innings. His unbeaten knock of 204 was laced with 19 fours and two sixes, with a strike rate of 82.25. VIhari, who scored a half-century in the first innings, hit 10 boundaries.

Brief scores: India A 201/10 (W Saha 62, Vihari 55) 365/4 d (S Gill 204; Vihari 118) vs WI A 194/10 (J Solozano 69, K Gowtham 6/67) & 314/6 ( J Solozano 92, S Nadeem 5/103) ends in a draw

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Shahbaz takes 10-for as India A register easy win

Playing his first first-class game since January last year, Wriddhiman Saha scores a gritty 66 in the first unofficial Test against WI A

India A continued their impressive run in their ongoing tour of West Indies A as they registered a six-wicket win the first four-day game. There were plenty of positives for the visitors as Wriddhiman Saha, playing his first first-class game since January 2018, notched up a fighting 66 and Shahbaz Nadeem picked up a 10-wicket haul.

Nadeem’s 5/52 in the first innings had helped India A curtail the hosts to 228/10 with Mohammed Siraj and Mayank Markande chipping in with two wickets each. In reply, India A made 312 with Shivam Dube top-scoring with 71 and Saha making a crucial half-century. While opener Priyank Panchal missed out a half-century by just one run, one-drop Shubman Gill made 40.

The handy 84-run lead proved crucial as West Indies A were bowled out for 180 in their second essay with Nadeem picking up his second five-for.

With just 97 needed to win, India A were always on course but there were minor hiccups when they lost two wickets for 33. The two openers – Panchal and Abhimanyu Easwaran (27) - were back in the pavilion but a 49-run stand between captain Hanuma Vihari and Srikar Bharat ensured India averted danger. The two were eventually out and it was the pair of Saha and Dube that got together to finish the formalities.

The second four-day match will be played in Port of Spain from July 31.

Brief scores:
West Indies A 228 & 180 (Shamarh Brooks 53; Shahbaz Nadeem 5-47, Mohammed Siraj 3-38) lost to India A 312 (Shivam Dube 71, Wriddhiman Saha 66; Miguel Cummins 4-40) & 97/4 ( Srikar Bharat 28 and Abhimanyu Easwaran 27) by 6 wickets.

BCCI Staff

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